HeadSpin Proposes Speed Optimizations as Maximum Fun for Houseparty


Overview and Methodology For Our Analysis




Samsung Note 9 / AT&T / Mountain View

Products Used:

HeadSpin Connected Intelligence Platform


  • Review the anomalous black screen. Could be a bug
  • Reduce errors from too many requests
  • Optimize app loading 
  • HeadSpin analyzed the latest version of the Houseparty Android app on a real Samsung Note 9 in Mountain View, on the AT&T network.
  • NO SDK, code change or instrumentation was needed to run the remote performance sessions.
  • HeadSpin’s AI engine sifted through network traffic, client-side metrics, and videos of the test execution to find areas of poor user experience and performance bottlenecks.
  • Recommendations were provided for every issue that was surfaced.

User Reviews

HeadSpin looked at Houseparty reviews in the Play Store and found many users were struggling with performance issues and functional errors.

Houseparty’s ratings is currently 3/5 on the Play Store.


Insights and Recommendations

HeadSpin’s proprietary AI technology analyzes and prioritizes the core issues impacting critical user journeys. Using computer vision techniques to quantify blank screens, time to interact, loading time, loading or buffering animations, and content quality, our AI models can automatically diagnose server-side issues whether they arise from infrastructure deployment issues, poor performance, or API errors. For a custom analysis of your app, request a Performance Insight report from HeadSpin. 

HeadSpin Performance Session (link)

We have carried out the below basic functions during our analysis of Houseparty:

1- Installed app in remote device
2- Launched the app on the remote device
3- Signed up using a test account
4- Forced exit the app
5- Sign in using our test account

Black Screen

During the app launch, we noticed that the below black screen with the on screen conversation controls gets rendered before the Splash screen and then disappears and the next screen is rendered. Are you aware of this bug?

HEADSPIN RECOMMENDATION: If this is not a bug and the app renders the first screen based on an asynchronous response then consider displaying a progress indicator until the response is received in order to give your users more context of what the app is doing. The black screen appears for both authenticated users and unauthenticated users and lasts for approximately 2 seconds.

HTTP Errors

During our analysis we noticed that the app returned a number of HTTP Errors. Check the table for more details.

Impact Time (ms)Status CodeStatus MessageContent TypeURL
9429Too Many Requestsapplication/x-protobufLink
13400Bad Requesttext/html; charset=UTF-8Link
10400Bad Requesttext/javascript; charset=UTF-8Link

As shown in the screenshots below, too many requests were made in close succession to this host resulting in a Too Many Requests error.

HEADSPIN RECOMMENDATION: Inspect the problematic api calls in order to eliminate the resulting errors. Consider grouping some of your api calls whenever it’s possible in order to avoid making repeated calls to the same endpoints; this will reduce the overall overhead resulting from repeated api calls and will prevent possible errors like the ones reported above.

App Loading Indefinitely

During our test we found that the app sometimes hangs and freezes after a sign in as shown in the below screenshot. We were able to reproduce this issue several times on Android using this test account

This could be due to a number of reasons, one of which might be failing to respond to one or more of the below api calls. Since the issue was only reproducible when we used the above test account this might point to an issue related to the creation of the above user account.

HEADSPIN RECOMMENDATION: Revise the api calls made during Sign In and only perform api calls that are relevant to the Sign In process. Investigate the user record associated with our test account to surface any issues or null pointers. 


How to Work With HeadSpin

HeadSpin Powers Flawless Mobile App Performance

HeadSpin’s state-of-the-art Digital Experience Intelligence Platform™ will empower your engineering teams to:

  • Execute automation tests on real carrier-enabled devices worldwide
  • Discover performance bottlenecks
  • Collect and visualize your performance data
  • Seamlessly integrate with your CI/CD workflow
  • Monitor every critical user flow of your mobile experience
  • Pinpoint issues that cause performance regressions and impact user experience earlier in your development cycle
Overarching Areas of Opportunities

  • Launch new features confidently by monitoring and analyzing root causes of performance issues throughout the development life cycle
  • Drive new user installs and user engagement with optimized performance
  • Forge user trust and safety, accelerating consumer services for critical user paths across your apps and website
  • Benchmark KPIs for mobile performance to understand how your user experience for your mobile app and website compares to your peers in the same industry
  • Support localized testing across thousands of devices and 70+ countries around the world, on real devices under real-world conditions
Expert Holistic Consultation and Strategy 

HeadSpin has the product and solutions expertise to help you perfect the digital experience for your customers! Our team hails from digital pioneers, such as Google and Facebook, and has already delivered enhanced mobile-centric experiences for a diverse set of Fortune 1000 clients. HeadSpin’s strategic insights can help you:

  • Drive new user acquisition, user engagement, and feature adoption
  • Deploy app security measures on iOS and Android
  • Build consistent performance standards and experiences across all your mobile apps and websites 

... insight from HeadSpin helps us prioritize issues so we could deliver a better user experience.

Maria Zhang, CTO, Tinder